Program Overview

Program Overview


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The training program in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (CSN) is sponsored by the University of Oregon Institute of Neuroscience, the nation's first research institute of its kind. In keeping with the innovative origins of the Institute, the CSN program provides a rare opportunty for graduate students to forge experimental and theoretical links between systems and cognitive neuroscience while becoming experts in their field of choice. We believe that such interdisciplinary training positions our graduates to become leaders in the growing field of integrative and behavioral neuroscience.

The heart of our program is thesis research. Twenty faculty members drawn from the departments of Biology and Psychology serve as research mentors and instructors. These researchers use a wide range of approaches including molecular biology, genetics, electrophysiology, optogenetics, functional brain imaging, and computational neuroscience to tackle fundamental questions in the neuronal basis of perception, behavior, memory, and cognition. CSN faculty study not only humans but a wide range of model organsims including C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse, and owl.

When not "at the bench," trainees follow a customizable course of study that leads from a year-long graduate core course to a variety of elective courses that allow students to go deeper into their specialty. In addition to course work, trainees learn in a variety of interactive settings including lab meetings, journal clubs, seminars, bi-monthly research-in-progress meetings, and institute retreats. These activities, together with a culture of openness and engagement among CSN faculty members, create a degree of cohesiveness that sets CSN apart from programs at other universities.



Last updated 9/19/2014